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Toronto Preview: New Images for 'Anna Karenina'; 'Les Miz' Won't Make Fall Fests

Working Title, Keira Knightley and Joe Wright have done well together so far with the period Oscar contenders "Pride & Prejudice" and "Atonement." But the director and star don't always do as well apart with more contemporary material--see Knightley's "London Boulevard" or "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" or Wright's "Hanna" or "The Soloist." We will see if Wright and Working Title's "Anna Karenina," adapted by Tom Stoppard from Leo Tolstoy's Russian classic, will help Knightley recover from recent reviews with a second Oscar nomination (after "Pride & Prejudice"). After all, what better role to play than Karenina, passionately in love with a dashing officer ("Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson) as her husband (Jude Law) battles for control and society looks on.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2012 3:02 PM
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Busy Jennifer Lawrence Balances Franchise Paydays with Indie Fare; Wanted for 'Ends of the Earth'

With both David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" (November 21) and Suzanne Bier's "Serena" (2013) in the bag, Jennifer Lawrence is a lock for two "Hunger Games" sequels (going from $500,000 to some $10-million for number two) and a reprise of her role as Mystique in an "X-Men: First Class" sequel, but her future indie pursuits are less certain.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 1:35 PM
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Daniel Day-Lewis is the Embodiment of 'Lincoln'; Spielberg Talks Character with EW

Who else but Daniel Day-Lewis could embody Abraham Lincoln so well? Day-Lewis is known for his startling characterizations and method process, from "My Left Foot" and "The Last of the Mohicans" to "Gangs of New York" and "There Will Be Blood," and we should expect no less from his portrayal of President Lincoln in Steven Spielberg's biopic. But, the director clarifies, “Daniel never went into a fugue state" for "Lincoln"; he was always aware of his contemporary surroundings, but was referred to as Mr. President on set. With very little to go by, Day-Lewis's track record (four Oscar noms, two wins) makes it safe to assume his performance will be central in the Awards race.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 1:30 PM
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Posters for PT Anderson's 'The Master' Play with Perception

Two posters for Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" have recently landed. Both are brilliant. Which is your favorite? If you can't wait until September 14 for more, Beth Hanna reviewed the film at its surprise Aero Theater screening last weekend.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 1:29 PM
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Tribeca Announces 2013 Festival Dates, Call for Submissions; New Transmedia Program

The Tribeca Film Festival's twelfth edition will be held in New York City from April 17-28, 2013. The festival also reveals submission dates for narrative and documentary features as well as short films (below).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 7, 2012 1:29 PM
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Drafthouse Acquires 'Rubber' Director's Next, Surreal Sundance Entry 'Wrong'

Alamo Drafthouse distribution label Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights to Quentin Dupieux's surreal Sundance entry "Wrong."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2012 11:12 AM
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Nicole Holofcener Starts Shooting New Movie for Fox Searchlight, Starring Keener and Louis-Dreyfus

Nicole Holofcener has started filming her fifth film, untitled, in Los Angeles. She has assembled quite a cast: regular alter-ego Catherine Keener ("Please Give"), Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep"), James Gandolfini ("The Sopranos"), Toni Collette ("Little Miss Sunshine") and 16-year-old fashion blogger (Rookie) and would-be actress, Tavi Gevinson, making her film debut. (That's why she was at the "Ruby Sparks" premiere!)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 6:18 PM
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Stewart's Dalliance Could Hit 'Twilight' Finale, Universal's 'Snow White' Sequel, IFC's 'On the Road'

Universal has been planning a "Snow White and the Huntsman" sequel that would bring back both Kristen Stewart and director Rupert Sanders. The idea behind David Koepp's script turned on doing more with the unresolved romantic triangle between Snow White (Stewart), the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and William (Sam Claflin). The only problem is, Stewart and Sanders have been embroiled in a romantic dalliance of their own, well chronicled in the tabloids.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 6, 2012 3:56 PM
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Lipsky's Adopt Films Acquires 'Molly's Theory of Relativity,' Directed by Lipsky

Writer-director Jeff Lipsky's "Molly's Theory of Relativity" has gone to his new company Adopt Films for US distribution, set for March 2013. The film about "the economy, how we value and measure the pride we take in what we choose to do for a living, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the notion that death is merely a relative thing" stars Sophia Takal, Lawrence Michael Levine, Reed Birney, Daisy Tahan and Rebecca Schull. Nick Athas and Inna Braude produced.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 6, 2012 1:40 PM
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Paul Thomas Anderson Sneak Previews 'The Master' in 70 mm in Santa Monica

Friday night I got an email tipping me that Paul Thomas Anderson was previewing "The Master" in 70 mm at The Aero in Santa Monica. Scheduled at 10:30 PM, the movie unspooled after 11 PM; I did get a writer into the house and will post something later today.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 4, 2012 11:14 AM
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